Clubhouse unveils its grand designs

A PROJECT set up to support people toward achieving independence has done a bloomin’ marvellous job in Brooklands Museum’s gardens.

Founded in 2011, the Clubhouse Project is based in the grounds of St George’s College in Addlestone. Through various schemes, they support individuals to develop the skills they need, like relationship building and community inclusion, so that they can make choices and be in control of decisions that affect their lives.

CHEER WE GO – chuffed Clubhouse Project members and helpers

CHEER WE GO – chuffed Clubhouse Project members and helpers

An accredited OCR Centre for Living/Life Skills, they take a ‘person-centred approach’ by getting individuals involved in local community initiatives that will bring rewards and a sense of achievement.

One project has seen a keen team of gardeners attending Brooklands Museum every Thursday and landscape a neglected area of their green space. They began in August of this year and, after many weeks of work, the garden is now ready to be seen by the public.

The team have brilliantly incorporated the history of Brooklands into the design of the space and the attention to detail is striking. Using some of the natural surroundings and tyres from the museum’s stores, bricks and a Grand Prix flag, the finished area has generated a lot of attention.

Project Manager Lisa Littlewood said: “We are very excited at how the garden is looking and I’m very grateful to the staff at Brooklands for giving us the opportunity to create it – the volunteers are really enjoying their time there.”

A plaque commemorating the work and time spent there was unveiled at a grand opening on November 26 in the presence of Museum Director Allan Winn, with Volunteer Services Manager John Silver and Marketing and PR Manager Paul Stewart also in attendance.

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